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General Overview and Overseer Listing

In accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth and regulations enacted by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, the composition, duties and powers of the Salem State University Board of Trustees are articulated within the university's bylaws. The board is charged with the fiduciary management of the institution, including determination of fees, establishment of personnel management policy, staff services, and the general business of the institution. Among its responsibilities, the board elects the president with the approval of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, adopts an annual plan of financial operation, awards degrees in approved fields, and develops the mission statement for the university consistent with the mission of the Commonwealth's system of public higher education.

The board of trustees consists of 11 voting members. Ten members are appointed by the governor, at least two are alumni of the university and one of whom is elected thereto by the university alumni association.  Elected alumni members shall be elected every five years. Members are appointed to serve for five year terms, but no member shall be appointed for more than two consecutive terms. Student members are elected by the student body and serve one year.

Regular meetings of the full board are held four times annually and are open to the public with the exception of executive sessions. Committees of the board convene prior to each open meeting and on an as-needed basis. The board currently has five standing committees: executive, academic affairs and student life, risk management and audit, finance and facilities, advancement, marketing and communications. Meetings usually take place on the Salem State University campus.

Contact the trustees.


  • Dr. Stephen Immerman
  • Thatcher Kezer '88
  • James Lampassi ’81
  • Yalile Maldonado ’09, ’20G 
  • Paul Mattera 
  • Samanda Morales ’98, vice-chair 
  • Ruthanne Russell ’82, chair 
  • Brian Wellman ’25

SSU Trustee Community Open Forum Topics: If you'd like to suggest a question or topic for an upcoming full Board of Trustees meeting, please do so here.

Board Meeting Calendar

Academic Year 2024 

Committee Meetings – begin at 3 pm unless otherwise noted

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Wednesday, October 11, 2023 at 3:30 pm – Audit Committee

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Board Meetings – begin at 5 pm unless otherwise noted

Wednesday, October 11, 2023--see audit committee agenda
Wednesday, February 7, 2024
Wednesday, April 10, 2024
Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Special Meetings

Wednesday, August 30, 2023 at 5 pm

Friday, December 1, 2023 at 10 am: Offsite

Monday, April 29, 2024 at 4:30 pm

Monday, June 3, 2024 at 2:00 pm 

Posting of Meeting Agendas and Meeting Format

Except in cases of emergency, final agendas with anticipated discussion topics are posted 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

Remote meetings – Please note that Governor Healey has extended provisions pertaining to the Open Meeting Law to March 31, 2025. Login information will be provided within the posted agendas.


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